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Songs in Ordinary Time (2000)

A struggling mother takes in a mysterious stranger. Is she opening her heart to love...or harbouring a criminal.

Director:

Rod Holcomb

Writers:

Mary McGarry Morris (novel), Malcolm MacRury (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Marie Fermoyle
Beau Bridges ... Omar Duvall
Keir Dullea ... Sam Fermoyle
Tom Guiry ... Norman Fermoyle (as Thomas Guiry)
Careena Melia Careena Melia ... Alice Fermoyle
Jordan Warkol ... Ben Fermoyle (as Jordan Blake Warkol)
Angelica Page ... Astrid Haddad (as Angelica Torn)
Patrick Galligan Patrick Galligan ... Father Joe Gannon
Jennifer Overton Jennifer Overton ... Helen Lachance
Jeremy Akerman ... Monsignor
Matthew Bennett ... Ross Hinds
Richard Yearwood ... Earlie Jones
Cecil Wright ... Luther Cobb
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess ... Earlie's Grandfather
Shelly Wallace Shelly Wallace ... Mrs. Klubock
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A struggling mother takes in a mysterious stranger. Is she opening her heart to love...or harbouring a criminal.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 1 min) The reflection of a boom mic is visible in the bedroom window as the camera follows Sissy Spacek going toward the window and moving the curtains. Acting like a mirror because of the lighting, the window first reflects the boom and then the mike itself as the rig moves out of the window's line of sight. A combination of the movements of the camera and the boom makes the reflection visible again before the camera pans away as Spacek walks away from the window. See more »

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Fairly predictable fare, stranger enters the lives of a disfunctional family and the experience unites all.
22 October 2000 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to this "made for TV" movie, Songs in Ordinary Time, because I like both main actors - Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges. And both of them turn in fine performances. Also, my wife told me the book had been on Oprah's list.

However, I waited for something touching to happen, but it never did. Fairly predictable, drifter enters a family of divorced mom with 3 children, appears to be the answer to her prayers, things get suspicious. A brief love scandal with the local priest is thrown in, actually fits with the story.

Overall, I gave it 7 for this type of movie, but all-in-all pretty forgettable fare.


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